Show + Tell with Paul Flynn

Grazia (UK) - - Contents - with PAUL FLYNN

While de­vour­ing Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton’s riv­et­ing tell-all bi­og­ra­phy, I couldn’t help but won­der what would’ve hap­pened if Trump had faced a less flus­tered op­po­nent drawn from his own play­ing field. Kris Jen­ner, say. Last week marked the 10th an­niver­sary of Keep­ing Up With The Kar­dashi­ans. The mo­mager of Amer­ica’s First Fam­ily of re­al­ity TV has her­alded the great, dy­nas­tic Amer­i­can saga of her times. She is its un­mit­i­gated suc­cess story. Life’s bruises sim­ply bounce off her.

No TV show di­vides the world with the po­lar­ity of The Kar­dashi­ans. The Mit­fords of In­sta­gram are a stark mir­ror held up to our mo­ment; our van­ity and con­sump­tion, the hard lux­ury and soft com­fort of our am­bi­tions, the strength of our fam­i­lies. What be­gan as a sis­terly take on The Hills has out­lived the shows that were sup­posed to de­fine their age: Break­ing Bad, Down­ton Abbey, Mad Men, Girls. Whether you like The Kar­dashi­ans or not (I love it), 10 years is a mon­u­men­tal bell­wether oc­ca­sion.

As it ploughs into its 14th sea­son, Jen­ner’s off­spring are in rude health, women swim­ming in an un­apolo­getic for­tune of their own cre­ation, liv­ing lives they chose, on their own terms, lov­ing one an­other deeply, pub­licly. Its key cast are loud, vul­gar, horny, frank and revel in their raw power, fem­i­nis­ing tra­di­tion­ally male traits with­out blink­ing a smoky eye. We al­ready have ma­jor clues to the sea­son 14 arc drawn from real life. Kim’s sur­ro­gacy, Khloé’s re­la­tion­ship with Tris­tan Thomp­son, Kourt­ney’s sin­gle­dom. For the pre­vi­ous 13, Kim has be­come the 21st cen­tury’s mar­ket­ing over­lord. Ken­dall Jen­ner is a ver­i­fied blue-tick supermodel. At 20, Kylie is about to be­come the fig­ure­head of the most lu­cra­tive cos­met­ics brand in the world. The fam­ily fa­ther has opened up a new con­ver­sa­tion on trans is­sues which can make gen­uine claims to chang­ing the world. Never have men looked more like bit-part play­ers in a seam­lessly ro­tat­ing, ca­cophonous busi­ness/dra­matic/do­mes­tic nar­ra­tive. It is the Kar­dashi­ans’ world now.

While Hil­lary was toil­ing through her Ivy League ed­u­ca­tion, Kris was train­ing to be an air stew­ardess. The for­mer botched her chance to cap­ture the na­tional pulse, to shape the planet in her de­sired im­age. The lat­ter nailed it, with added con­tour­ing. Happy birth­day, y’all. Sun­days, 9pm, E!


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